Cloud Vs On-Premise Servers: The Debate Continues



Cloud literally means storing your data on the internet. Could is simply a much better way of calling a separate process or term. Imagine calling a particular process as Internet Computing instead of Cloud Computing, which term sounds better? Most of you would have chosen Cloud – it sounds good! Over the year Cloud technology has grown many folds. But what should you choose; Cloud or Server? No need to scratch your head, simply read on.
The answer to that question will mostly be based upon your requirements and the kind of data you’re dealing with. Some kind of data is better stored on the local server while some data are better off on the cloud. Although server technology require most investment than cloud, Information security and the challenges that it brings along makes you think otherwise. This is especially true when it comes to Customer Information. When it comes to security of Customer Data, there can be absolutely no compromise. 

Cloud and Server – both have its advantages and disadvantages. Like I mentioned earlier – what you choose is going to be need-based. Looking down at your basic requirements and what direction your business will head to have to be examined. Large corporations can invest in their own cloud infrastructure or Server technologies as they have the resources and the finances to cater to such large server farms. But, for small and medium corporations it’s not an easy choice. Cloud computing saves you ample of money. Over the course of time you have to invest in some local server technology as well since there are times when both may go hand-in-hand. This can be best explained if the data is pertaining to financial records of the customer or some sensitive information like credit card details, customer information, etc. Unimportant data can be managed on the Cloud.
A large corporation can easily manage dedicated server farms or server rooms that cater to service the tasks the corporation specifically deals with. Small and Medium business will find Cloud computing easy on the infrastructure and taking lesser stress on the companies’ investments for a dedicated infrastructure. 
A local server room offers many advantages as well over Cloud. In-house server rooms have their own dedicated IT team to address security issues almost immediately.  On-premise severs have customized security systems that can be well handled by the IT team. 
The debate still continues on what are safer Clouds or On-premise servers? Could technology have to constantly update their security systems and plug all vulnerabilities to make sure there are no breaches. On-Premise Sever technology on the other hand has dedicated staffs –IT teams to take care of their systems.
Both of the above technologies are adept in handling the requirements for data. The choice falls down on business needs. Most small and medium businesses find Cloud technology better than on-premise due to the fact it involves less investment. When a corporation is cost-cutting and bringing down non-essential expenses – Cloud makes more sense. So you might want to give it a thought to make sure you’ll be benefited in the long run.
You can take a look at the table below which distinguishes between the two, it’s not a comprehensive list but it should give you a fair idea.

On-Premise
Cloud
PROS
Redundancy has to be managed
Get Rid of Redundancy worries

Physical Disc management
Not Required

Security
Can decide type security from the service provider

Staff to manage all this
Not Required

Network Uptime
Guaranteed as per service contract



CONS
Data remains at my own location
Data remains with service provider

May be cost effective
May be costly for small amounts of data

 

Mobile & PC: The debate over Web Apps vs. Native Mobile Apps




Web Apps vs. Native Mobile Apps
The dawn of the 21st century has ushered in much technological advancement. Humans are entering in to a much bigger revolution, Shhh! If you know the answer! For those who don’t know – it’s IT revolution (and you thought I would say smart phone! LOL!). Think about it, on the backbone of IT is what caused Smart Phones to proliferate. But that’s not the only thing that I’m going to talk about here. Technology has leapfrogged; no one would have thought about these 10 years ago or would have ever imagined how much will the world shrink with today’s communications technology. Is that the only thing making news? No, not exactly.
The cause of such technological advancement is most certainly attributed to the internet (no points for guessing). If it wasn’t for the internet, we would not have had smart phones and due to smart phones, companies like Whatsapp, Snapchat and many others that are so dependent on Smart Phone would not have existed. Many more companies are piggy-backing on the smart phone revolution to make our lives easier (half truth in there somewhere!) or is it? But, let’s not get there. We’ll reserve that topic for later discussion.
Home PCs and smart phones have a similar design. When it comes to Mobile Apps, this is where the similarity shortens. One thing that comes to my mind when I look at both, PCs is a heaven for Native Applications whereas Smart Phones are heaven for Web apps. Wait a minute! What did I just say? Phones do have native mobile apps as well and PCs do have both. This is confusing!
Let me unfurl this debate about Mobile and PC apps. Both have clear advantages and unclear disadvantages. Web apps can run on any browsers that it’s compatible with. Be it a PC or a Smart Phone it wouldn’t matter. Most games work on a basic design and are based on Native Mobile apps that focus on maximizing the phone’s hardware. Case in exception is strategy/RPG based MMO games. There are some web-base apps and native mobile apps. Geeks will already know what I have blabbering about. Apps are something what I called on developer’s need based. Web app will need minimal hardware interaction as compared to a native mobile app. Depends on what you’re coding your app to be. Does it need more power, access to resources? These primary questions will help you make a right decision preferably before designing your first app! Web Apps are simple requiring only browser as their application. You needn’t worry if you’re not making any gaming app, as you’ll have lesser choices to make. But for someone wanting to actually make a profitable app and want to turn it into an awesome cash cow, need to tread a careful path.

One of the Web Apps created by Panoramic Universal Limited, (they like to be called as PUL – preferably let’s stick to that!) it’s an HRMS! Yes, it’s a HR App (Duh!) allows the app that is accessed by PC and Android based phones. The app is what I call having some extremely efficient features -Ease of Access and Connectivity. It’s portable just like your handy-dandy pocket computer. The beauty lies in it that its’ accessible by everyone in the company, execs., senior execs mangers, CEO even the office boys will have access to it. (Smiling, aren’t you!) I’m yet to come across an HR app demonstrating this kind of versatility, accessibility and connectivity. Although both are web-based apps, it offers loads of convenience for employees. Allowing them to use the basic applications in a convenient method - it’s needed by an employee – and this does not only monitor your attendance. You can apply for leaves; make a request and many others. Managers can comfortably view theirs team under their respective hierarchies. But this is not what I’m here to talk about.

This company has made an innovative approach. Making this HR software accessible to all as and when possible to all the employees. I’ll be talking about more of such apps in the future. Look out for a part two of the same topic.